What We Love
- Plenty of original 19th-century features
- Bright, open-plan living areas for hanging out in
- A large terrace with plenty of shade
- WiFi is free
- The best rooms are on the Gran Via
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $1 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- There’s no restaurant, but basic snacks and drinks are available
- Heating and air conditioning are (rather frustratingly) controlled from reception
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Built in 1870 as the grand residence of Lady Dorotea de Chopitea, who dedicated her life to helping Barcelona’s poor and needy, Hotel Granvia is a characterful crash pad with a stellar location close to the Passieg de Gràcia. It became a hotel in 1935, and under the thoughtful eye of local designer Rosa Rossellón it has been fully revamped without losing its sense of place. Many original features remain, including an ornate plaster ceiling in the dining room, a grand central staircase and a first-floor gallery, but the space has been opened up and refreshed in a hipster palette of olive-green, lichen-gray and snowdrop-white.
Bed and Bath
Opened in June 2013 by Nuñez i Navarro, this petite 53-room hotel is already hugely popular for its reasonable rates and sleek decor. The guestrooms were inspired by New York lofts, with pale blond wood floors, flat-screen TVs and white tiled bathrooms (about half of the rooms have tubs). For the price they’re gems, though the duvets are a little thin in the winter and the double beds a little narrow. Guests who value space will be most comfortable in a twin room or in the Junior Suite, which has a four-poster bed and a sofa.
A lot of thought has gone into creature comforts at the Granvia. The breakfast room is designed for lingering, with sofas and armchairs flanking the dining tables, and free tea- and coffeemaking facilities provided 24/7. The library has a large communal table and long leather sofas surrounded by bookshelves. Tall patio doors open onto a large terrace with tables and chairs arranged within shady cabins, and there’s a secluded sunbathing area. Outdoor showers and a bar are due to be installed in time for summer 2014.
In the Area
Just a hop, skip and jump from the Passieg de Gràcia, the home of several of Barcelona’s most important Modernisme edifices, including Gaudí’s jewelbox Casa Batlló and his eye-boggling apartment building La Pedrera. It’s also the main hub of the city’s flagship designer stores and some of its best restaurants. Head for Tapas24 for stellar snacks by celebrity chef Carles Abellan, sample the country’s best wines at Monvinic, and feast on new wave Catalan cuisine at Cinc Sentits.
How to Get There
We chose Hotel again because of excellent location and also the friendly staff. Hotel is located 10 minute walk from main drop off point from airport and also within easy walking distance to bus station for MotoGP.
We had a great one night stay at the Hotel Gravia. Amazing service and location. Comfortable bed and very clean. Breakfast was excellent and had a huge variety of tasty food. Highly recommend this hotel. Thanks for everything
I highly recommend Hotel Granvia to anyone who wants to stay in the heart of Barcelona. The hotel is beautiful and our room was a nice size and very comfortable. It is in the city center just blocks from the Gothic quarter and many of the Modernist buildings by Gaudi and others.
The staff I interacted with all spoke English so if your Spanish isn't great you don't have to worry about it here. Everyone was very friendly. (Say hi to Karen who takes care of guests during breakfast. She's great.)
I will definitely stay in this hotel the next time I am in Barcelona.
I was very excited to stay here after reading the history of the property. I arrived a day early before my tour group and was ready to enjoy the sights of Barcelona. Although I couldn't check-in right away, Mark, the desk clerk, graciously took my bag and set it aside so I could be on my way. Oscar got me checked in without any problem. This hotel is beautiful and all the staff were exceptional. My favorite serving staff were Karen and Musta (Moose); always cheerful, helpful, and welcoming; ready to meet any need I, or other guests, might have had. Truly a jewel in Barcelona's crown!
This oasis of fragrant, calm sophistication hits you as you come in from the busy street, like walking into the interiors department of a Ralph Lauren store. The architecture is just glorious, shown off to perfect effect by the very beautifully curated decor.
Go for the mid-range rooms in terms of price as I gather the cheaper ones look into an internal space. We opted for one overlooking the road at the front as you get lovely full height balconied windows and the leafy street view is interesting and pretty. It is a busy road (clue is in the name!) but nothing the double-glazing couldn't keep out. We realised after a while that feint rumbling sound we could hear in the room was actually the underground trains, but it wasn't intrusive and it stopped at night. Rooms at the back are obviously quieter in terms of street noise and the hotel's rear terrace makes an attractive outlook, but it was rather surrounded by cranes on neighbouring building sites when we were there.
Our room's bathroom was superbly designed and had one of the best showers we've ever had. Breakfast was pleasant although not exceptional - the gentle live jazz on Sunday morning was a lovely touch.
All in all, very good indeed. The staff were all utterly charming and knowledgeable and very friendly. We met guests who had been back repeatedly and I can see why.